Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Saint Benedict’s Monastery/Saint Benedict Hall

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Institution Name: College of Saint Benedict
Original/Historic Place Name: Saint Benedict Hall
Location on Campus: Chapel Ln.
Date(s) of Construction:
1883addition perpendicular to the north gable of Saint Cecilia Steil, Gregory
Designer: Gregory Steil
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, engineering, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone, granite
Walls: brick, wood
Roof: asphalt
1883-present (2006)residence hall (monastery residence)

Rectangular in plan, St. Benedict Hall was added perpendicular to the north gable of St. Cecilia Hall in 1883, projecting behind it and forming an "L" plan. Also 2 ½ stories high on a raised foundation, the five bay façade is dominated by a projecting three-story tower which has a mansard roof and matching gable dormers to the east and west. The fenestration of the west-facing extension is identical to St. Cecilia Hall.
--From National Register Report, "St. Benedict's Convent and College Historic District" (1989).


Blegen, Theodore C. Minnesota: A History of the State. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1975.

Koop, Michael. St. Benedict's Convent and College Historic District [College of Saint Benedict]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1989.

McDonald, Grace. "A Finishing School of the 1880s: Saint Benedict's Academy." Minnesota History 27, no. 2 (1946): 96-106.

McDonald, Grace. "Pioneer Teachers: The Benedictine Sisters at Saint Cloud." Minnesota History 35, no. 6 (June 1957): 263-71.

McDonald, Grace. With Lamps Burning. Saint Joseph, MN: Saint Benedict's Priory Press, 1957.

Mitchell, William B. History of Stearns County Minnesota. Vol. 1. Chicago: H. C. Cooper, Jr. and Co., 1915.


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